A wonderful and authoritative compilation of recordings of spy numbers stations on shortwave. (See also my own recordings in other posts in my blog.)
This is a recording that I made with my mobile telephone, (sorry for the inferior quality), of a spy numbers station on shortwave, run by the Russian Intelligence Agency GRU. The station is named E07 by the famous numbers stations monitoring group Enigma. The message, to the spy or agent, is coded and they are probably using so called one-time pads. That is, the key to the codes are only used once and therefore it is not possible to understand the message. OK, but why then are they using plain voice via a shortwave transmitter? After all, this is not the 20th century?
Elementary my dear Watson, It is impossible to trace the recipient this way, contrary to a message sent by regular mail or via the internet! As I have demonstrated by this simple video it is easy to listen to the coded messages even with a small shortwave radio!
For more information regarding this particular spy station:
This QSL-card, that arrived just the other day(!), is very special to me:
- It was from the first and only QSO that I had with my tiny Rock Mite 20 transceiver, from a kit that I assembled myself. (OK I had to send it to Germany once as I didn’t manage to solder a surface-mount IC-circuit properly.) I happened to connect the Rock Mite to a faulty power-supply later and the transceiver was damaged…
- It was the first, and so far only, QSO where I used paddles.
- It was the first, and so far only, QSO where I used a output power of less than 1 Watt!
- I haven’t had any CW-QSO after this one…
- Last but not least, having a contact with morse telegraphy with this real gentleman, kind and polite in a way you can feel through the dots and dashes!
Sometimes in the future I hope to be able to be active using CW again. Until then
IBRA is a Swedish based religious media company, belonging to the Pentecostal movement, (Pingströrelsen). During the glory days of Shortwave broadcasting they had their own produced programs in Swedish, as well as other languages, and also sold air-time to different evangelistic associations. They used the transmitters of Radio Trans Europe in Portugal. As a teenager I used to make tape recordings of the different programs. I still remember parts of the programs, for instance the last speech by the founder of the Pentecostal movement in Sweden Mr Lewi Pethrus. I also remember recordings with Pastor Jimmie Snow from the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville TN.
When I grew up during the Cold War there were at least a dozen different international shortwave stations that had transmissions in Swedish. Me and and a couple of my friends used old domestic radios with glowing tubes to pick up and listen to these transmissions after the school-day. It was very difficult to explain all this to our teachers. Polskie Radio, or “Polens Radio Warszawa”, as they were called in Swedish was one of those broadcasters, and one of the nicest. They read our letters on air, which was an incredible experience for a schoolboy, and we learned that Chopin was from Poland and we heard about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943…
It was a cold war, but Polskie Radio was one of the “softest” broadcasters from the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Now Radio Polonia has only shortwave transmissions in Polish, Belarussian and Russian, from transmitters in Bulgaria…